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SEND 0-25 Service Newsletter (January 2020)

9th January 2020



January 2020

Welcome to the January 2020 edition of the SMBC Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) newsletter. A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all. I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas holiday.

This newsletter will be briefer than usual, given we have only recently returned from the Christmas break.


Staffing Headlines

Recruitment for the Assistant Director of Inclusion and Alternative Provision is progressing. Interviews are due to take place this month.


Interviews for the Team Manager vacancy are taking place on 10th January 2020.
Interviews for additional admin posts have taken place on 8th January 2020.

Inclusion Code

Thank you to all those of you who have contributed to the development of the Inclusion Code for Solihull. This has been signed off by Education, Health and Social Care partners and will be added to the Local Offer over the next week or two.

SEND Strategy Review

Some work has already taken place to look at what is outstanding from the Ofsted Action Plan and the current SEND Strategy. Thank you to the PCF and the North parents support group for your help with this.

This will progress throughout the spring term.

Parent Carer Forum

The next PCF Coffee mornings are on;

Monday 13th January 2020 9.30am – 11.30am, at the Three Trees Community Centre, Hedingham Grove, Chelmsley Wood B37 7TP

Friday 17th January 2020 – 9.30am – 11.30am, at the Renewal Family Centre, Vulcan Road, Solihull B91 2JR (Behind the Renewal Church building)

please come along if you can.


There are some early signs that timescales for EHCP completion are improving. Focus in 2020 will be on maintaining the momentum of this and continuing to work on improving the quality and content of the plans.

Kind regards

Ann Lowe
Head of Service
SEND 0-25